The Five-Year Engagement

Two thumbs up! I thought this movie was hilarious! I love Emily Blunt and Jason Segel!

I enjoyed this movie as much for the comedy, as I did for the real-life aspect as well. It sort of reminded me a little bit of The Break-Up in that aspect. Funny, but Real. I would literally be laughing out loud in some parts and then really said or mad at the characters in others. It was a tiny bit long for a funny movie, but I would still tell everyone to go see it! 

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Wooden Wedges

Wooden Wedges are a warm weather must! The are way more comfortable than heels, super cute, and chunky in that wonderful stylish way! I always say a brown/tan wedge in must-have in any girl’s closet. It’s a staple, but this summer you should go for a fun print or bright color as well! You can go as low or high as you want on your wedge. That’s the beauty of a wedge, they’re all about having fun, so go wild!

Mark and James by Badgley Miscka ‘ Roana’ Wedge – $295

Diane von Furstenburg ‘Opal’ Wedge – 295

Matiko ‘Haruka’ Sandal – 203.95

Steven by Steve Madden ‘Banndo’ Wedge – $189

Naughty Monkey ‘Fixation’ Wedge – Sale $59.99 (at Piperlime)

Kenneth Cole ‘Field Me Out’ Wedge – $198

 Coach ‘New Juday’ Wedge – $218

Ralph Lauren ‘Finnia Calskin Wedge’ – Sale $419

Seychelles ‘Eye to Eye’ Wedge – $110

Joe’s Jeans ‘Trixie’ Wedge – Sale $59.99 (at Piperlime)

Sam Edleman ‘Javi’ – Sale $89.99

Lauren by Ralph Lauren ‘Dawn’ Wedge – $109

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May Photoaday – Week Three

Day 14 – Monday May 14 – Grass

Love having my toes in the grass on a warm day

Day 15 – Tuesday May 15 – Love

Chuck and Blair

Day 16 – Wednesday May 16 – What you’re reading

Day 17 – Thursday May 17 – Snack

Day 18 – Friday Mary 18 – Something you made

Homemade Potato Salad

Day 19 – Saturday May 19 – A favorite place

The lake…I can’t wait for boating this summer!

Day 20 – Sunday May 20 – Something you can’t live without

My mags 🙂

*instagram @kristinrosedavis

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Style Watch – Ashley Madekwe

You probably know Ashley from the new ABC drama, Revenge (highly recommend by the way!), but her sense of style has put her on the map on the red carpet, as well as just her everyday wear. She rarely has a bad outfit, as you will be able to tell by this post. I love her style! She just appeared on Fashion Police, and was actually praised by Joan Rivers…what?!? She is polished, but fun, and she knows what works for her body type. So here is an introduction to Ashley Madekwe, for those of you that have yet to discover this cutie! 

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The Perfect Cat Eye

I always see girls with great eye makeup and I feel like I am the worst at it. I always do the same thing. So I decided I would try to find out how to do it, so I don’t keep ended up with black smudges all over my face and looking like I just have two black eyes.

While the easiest way to do this is just with a black liquid eyeliner, if you want the fancy kind that makes you look like Brigitte Bardot’s twin, here’s a step by step tutorial from Lucky Magazine.

How To Actually Do This:

Helpful tip: Dip your eyeliner brush into the gel liner and draw a few squiggles onto the back of your hand or a piece of paper until you find the right amount of product that works for you. You want the brush to be coated lightly with the product, not clumped up. It’ll prevent you from controlling the application.

Step 1.

First, draw the outline for that little up-tick at the outer corner. The key for this is to follow the angle of your bottom lash line. Look into the mirror and imagine you are continuing the line of your bottom lashes about a quarter-inch little up and out past where your eye ends. If your eyes naturally droop down, make the line subtler and don’t take it on as steep of an angle or as far up. If your hand is shaky, you should rest your elbow on a table or close into your body. Another trick I use if I am in a wobbly motorvehicle (being a makeup artist isn’t always as glamorous as it looks!) is to place a piece of scotch tape along the line of your bottom lashes to create a stencil. Trace along the edge and then remove the tape once you have the line. Also, before I place tape on anyone’s skin I put it on my clothing or a towel first to make it less sticky—it won’t remove any eyebrow hairs with it when you pull it off.

Step 2.

Once you have the line, you need to line the rest of your top lash lines. Do it in two steps. First, from the outside to the center and then—when there is hardly anything left on the brush—from the center to the innermost corner of the eye. The key to getting a professional looking line is that you do not want there to be any gaps between the lashes and the lid. To prevent this, tilt your chin up and gaze downwards into the mirror. Then place your middle or index finger right underneath your eyebrow and gently (but firmly) pull up your eyelid. This distorts the shape of the lid less than pulling from the side does and makes for a better, straighter line. If the gel liner is too challenging to control, I recommend getting the shape first with pencil eyeliner, then going over it with your gel. I often line with a pencil first anyway just to really get into the lash line and get as strong and dense of a line as possible—the more layers of black you have the better. Once you have the upwards line, connect it inwards towards your lashes. Think of drawing a little triangle.

Step 3.

Fill in the triangle.

Step 4.

Clean up any smudges or misshaps with a skinny q-tip dipped in water—not oil-based makeup remover. Use a damp cosmetics wedge. I like the ones from Alcone Cosmetics here in NYC that I order in bulk online at Alconeco.com. The sponges, when dipped into foundation, become a perfect eraser for wayward liner bits and also have a straight edge which make them perfect for tightening up the line. If I’m doing a client for red carpet or stage and really want the liner to be extra dense and dramatic, I’ll trace over the shape I’ve just created with a liquid liner pen. Dior makes a fantastic one.

Step 5.

Finish the eye by curling lashes and applying 2-3 coats of a curling mascara to really emphasize the upward shape of your cat eye. I am loving Clinique’s at the moment.

Once you get the basic cat eye down, try experimenting with different colors to shake it up. I love using rich jewel tones like purple, emerald and sapphire. You can also make the look more dramatic by lining inside your waterline with a waterproof black pencil.

 

Below are some other fun shapes to try out as well:

*found at LuckyMagazine.com

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Ariel Gordon Jewelry

I found this collection online a few days ago and I love it. Ariel Gordon has been featured in Lucky, Maire Claire, Cosmopolitan, People StyleWatch, Self, and many more Magazines. I don’t know why I didn’t see the collection before! Audrina Patridge and Selena Gomez are both fans of the jewelry. I like the simplicity of it. Here are a few pieces from the line. See more at arielgordonjewelry.com

Square Tag Collection

Audrina wearing an Ariel Gordon necklace

Selena in the Ariel Gordon birthstone chainlink ring

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The Tiger’s Wife

To sum up The Tiger’s Wife in a sentence, is the story of doctors over a couple decades and their relationship to death throughout the wars in a fictional Balkan province.

I really enjoyed this book. It is the story of a young doctor, and her surgeon Grandfather. It spans from current day to back when he was a child growing up during the earlier wars. He tells his granddaughter his story. There are three main stories in the book; that of the “deathless man”, the “Tiger’s Wife”, and the granddaughter’s journey. It is very interesting to see the relationship between all these stories and how it formed the Grandfather’s life and then his granddaughters.

I would highly recommend this book, but be warned that it is a tiny bit slow at the beginning so push through and you’ll be glad. I haven’t read another book with this stroyline, so it was refreshing.

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Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Dress?

Angelina is known for her eccentric taste at times, but lately she has seemed to tone it down with the accumulation of what seems like an army of children, and Brad…and with Brad eventually came a ring. So with an impending wedding, will she opt for a traditional gown or one of her “out there” styles?

Here are some choices that might be fitting for Angelina’s big day.

A simple, elegant Amsale gown with an embellished neckline. When you look like Angelina, you don’t really need a whole lot else.

However, if anyone could go into “vampire mode” and pull off a blood red dress it would be her.

Both dresses are by Vera Wang (I actually love this dress, just not for my wedding), However I bet both would look amazing in white too.

Ok, I think this one is my favorite, with almost a peplum going on at the waist. I love the way the ruffles fall. It is by Reem Acra.

These two are slightly more simple. Two gorgeous dresses by Carolina Herrera, although I see more Angelina on the right with the single statement ruffle on one shoulder.

Does the black, high slit remind you of anything…anyone? Ummm Angelina? Very easy to see her doing a jet black gown as well.  By Romona Keveza.

Another Romona Keveza daring slit in white on the right, while Reem Acra skipped the slit and just went for a short leg barring dress on the left. Angie likes to make a statement, so these should do.

I could almost see her going all 20’s on us, like a few of her characters in this Temperly gown.

What’s your vote for the best dress? Who knows? She could surprise us all and pull some sort of Kate Middleton gown out of known where.

*inspired by Luckymagazine.com

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